Rebirth of Miss Jiao of the Republic of China - Chapter 4
Tang Jiao and Tang Heng were waiting in the store, but Tang Shijie still didn’t come back after a long time.
The server glanced at them frequently, really regarding them as swindlers.
Tang Heng couldn’t sit still. She whispered to Tang Jiao, “Sister, cousin hasn’t come back for so long, is everything alright?”
Tang Jiao raised her eyes. There were still tears on her eyelashes. She seemed to suddenly think of something as she stood up, “I want to go home.” As if she didn’t hear her words at all.
Tang Heng was dumbfounded as she hurriedly stopped her, “Sister, what about cousin…”
Tang Jiao’s tears seemed to be about to fall but didn’t. She didn’t care about him anymore as she said certainly, “My cousin doesn’t like me at all, so I won’t wait for him anymore.” It seemed that her temper returned as she took the bags on the table, “Yes! Anyway, he will come back and pay with my money.”
Regardless of the consequences and before everyone could react, she rushed out.
Tang Heng was surprised. She was about to chase after her, but the server wasn’t willing. In fact, he grabbed Tang Heng’s hand and exclaimed, “You can’t leave! Who is going to pay for the clothes?”
Looking absolutely pitiful, Tang Heng cried out anxiously, “I wasn’t the one who took the clothes. And, they…”
“Ouch, don’t cry. Of course, you didn’t take anything away, but you two were always together. Then why can’t I ask you to pay? Don’t cry, I am not bullying you. Stay here and wait for your cousin.” When the server saw that the dresses had been taken away, he couldn’t easily let Tang Heng leave. Although there was a valuable watch on the counter, who knew whether it was real or fake? So, ignoring Tang Heng’s cry, he insisted, “Stay here.”
Seeing that Tang Shijie and Tang Jiao had left and that nobody felt pity for her, Tang Heng covered her face with her hands, but she wasn’t crying. Instead, she was very angry and wanted Tang Shijie to return. And then, she will perform well in order to make Tang Jiao look bad.
It must go like this!
At this time, she didn’t know that Tang Shijie was suffering in the alley.
When Tang Jiao went downstairs, she left the entrance to take a look. Several gangsters have surrounded Tang Shijie and were beating him fiercely.
She smiled as she found the scene really beautiful.
However, she just cast a glance before turning away as if nothing was happening.
After all, whoever passed through the alley would leave quickly because they didn’t want to get into trouble.
She was a normal person, so she naturally had to do the same.
This was also the case in her previous life. When they came down, they spotted a group of hoodlums surrounding their car. Tang Shijie uttered some bad words, which triggered a dispute. The trouble was obviously caused by Tang Shijie, but in the end it was Tang Jiao who was involved.
She thought they were enemies of Tang Shijie and didn’t reciprocate. But in this life, she didn’t have the intention to completely deal with him. Why not provoke those people and make them do the things for her?
It was cold outside, and slightly raining.
She didn’t care about it, and let the rain fall on her.
As for going home?
Going home to do what?
When performing an opera, one must sing to the end.
Although reputation wasn’t that important, they took it away in her previous life. As for this lifetime, she has to return it ten thousand times.
Carrying the bags, Tang Jiao headed towards the city government. Xiafei Road was particularly prosperous. Big shopping malls and bureaus were all located on this street. The distance between the department store, where Tang Jiao ‘shopped’, and the city government were about twenty minutes away.
Tang Jiao didn’t call for a rickshaw.
She kept walking under the rain with the bags.
Not only that, but she would also pick roadsides with small puddles.
When the cars passed, water would splash on Tang Jiao’s dress. But she didn’t care at all. So, when she reached the city government, she cut a sorry figure.
Not everyone could come in here casually.
Tang Jiao walked towards the doorkeeper with a red face of an embarrassed person, but she was very polite, “Uncle, I want to find Tang Zhiyong, the Vice Director of the Foreign Affairs. I’m his daughter. Please let him know.”
Her polite attitude made the gatekeeper feel overwhelmed from the honor.
There wasn’t much to do in the afternoon with this raining weather. When hearing that his daughter was looking for him with a sorry figure, Tang Zhiyong was a little confused, but he rushed out quickly.
In his heart, the one who would be in a difficult situation was probably Tang Heng, his second daughter. He thought about what she may have suffered at home, and felt heartache as he rushed downstairs.
Unexpectedly, it was Tang Jiao.
However, this sight alarmed him even more.
“Youyou!, what’s wrong!” How could Tang Zhiyong not be shocked at seeing her spoiled daughter in this state?
Tang Jiao was standing at the door. When hearing her father’s voice, she slowly turned around.
Her father, who was still very young, although biased and ill, helped her escape in the end.
Tang Jiao couldn’t tell whether it was the reality or the past. She suddenly threw herself in his arms, crying out loudly, “Father, father…”
Tang Zhiyong immediately patted her back as he comforted her, “Youyou, don’t cry, don’t cry! What’s the matter?” Because of her cry, many colleagues came out to watch. Tang Zhiyong felt that it was inappropriate and tried to lead Tang Jiao in his office.
However, she wasn’t willing. When hearing her father’s question, all the grievances she had were poured out.
“Father, my cousin doesn’t dote on me at all! He just wants to take my pocket money!! …He always says that his salary is low…!! and not enough for his social expenses! …So he needs my money!!! …I didn’t take them to heart because I don’t have many expenses… But…!, he bought seven sets of clothes for sister Ah Heng!!, and refused to buy some for me!!! …I didn’t want them either!!!! …I was just angry because he is biased and only wants my money!!!!! …He still asked me to take my money out but my wallet fell in the car!!!, and he yelled at me!!!!!!! …boohoo… …And then!!, he used the excuse of searching my wallet but never came back!!!!!!! ……Father!!!, boohoo…!!” Although she was crying, the general explanation was clear.
There weren’t many workers at this time, but a lot of civil servants.
The Tang family wasn’t an unknown family. Everyone heard that the prince of the Tang family would deduct his own sister’s allowance and eat soft rice, which suddenly became subtle.
Tang Zhiyong became angry instantly. Although his daughter was arrogant, she was also firm. Since she was little she has never cried like the other children. And making her cry and be like this didn’t do!
Tang Zhiyong consoled, “Youyou, don’t cry. Your cousin, that fool… Your father will scold him when we return home. Look at what he did to you.”
It was a cold day and she was wearing thin clothing. Tang Jiao looked even more pitiful, “Cousin drove the car. He said it didn’t matter, but there was no gas!” Her speech was incoherent, looking both frozen and aggrieved.
Tang Zhiyong quickly put his coat on Tang Jiao, “Silly girl, how could you walk here like this? You could have called a rickshaw.”
Tang Jiao wanted to cry but couldn’t any more, “No money…” And then, she raised the bags in her hand, “These clothes were bought by cousin for Ah Heng. I was afraid that cousin wouldn’t have paid the money for Ah Heng. So I took them away. I have 300 yuan in my wallet, and that’s enough!”
Obviously she was in a pitiful situation but her heart was very kind.
Even if they were biased, no parents would think that other people’s children were better than their own.
He said angrily, “Tang Shijie!! He needs a spanking!” But he immediately added, “Your mother too. Why did she give you so much money? I think she is getting a fever from all the money we have!”
Tang Jiao’s voice was very soft. So light that it was a little pitiful, “Cousin and Ah Heng never bring money when we go out… I-I, I…”
The rest of the words weren’t said but people understood.
Tang Zhiyong became angrier and angrier. He would occasionally hear about his nephew. They said, he was very generous and often saved money for banquets. He didn’t think too much about it because he regarded it only as help for his elder brother and wife. But who would have thought that he would cheat money out of a high-school girl.
“Atchoo!!” Tang Jiao sneezed. Her face whitened while her eyes reddened.
“Old Tang, why don’t you leave early today? Take your daughter to the hospital to see if she has typhoid.” A spectator finally talked.
It was Zhou Ying, who has worked in the city government for many years and was also an old colleague of Tang Zhiyong.
She heard that the little girl of the Tang family was arrogant, but she never thought she would be like this.
What arrogant and willful?
Obviously, she looked like someone who was bullied.
Tang Jiao smiled softly, “Thank you, sister… atchoo!” Another sneeze.
She rubbed her nose, a little embarrassed as her face reddened.
No matter what, a forty-years old woman being called ‘sister’ by a teenager made her feel very happy. It also meant that she looked very young.
Thus, Zhou Wei insisted, “Old Tang, you are a man so I think it is better if I take this pitiful girl to the hospital.”
Tang Zhiyong immediately thanked his co-worker.
Zhou Wei just waved her hand, showing it was fine.
But Tang Jiao refused, “No.” She frowned when everyone looked at her, “Better not to approach me. Typhoid fever is contagious. Don’t delay your work.” She then took a deep breath, as if to cheer herself up, “I’ll find a car and go to the hospital myself.”
“What a good and sensible child. But you are still young. Let’s go!” Zhou Ying stuffed all her bags in Tang Zhiyong’s hands, “Here, your second daughter’s clothes.” Her tone wasn’t very good.
Tang Zhiyong finally recalled, “Where is Ah Heng?”
Tang Jiao lowered her head, “Ah Heng said she will keep on waiting for cousin’s return.”
As soon as those words fell, everyone immediately understood everything.
How could they not since they were all wise?
Her own sister was wronged but still wanted to buy clothes, really shallow.
Thinking about the Tang family, they often told that the eldest daughter was arrogant while the second one was kind and modest. They couldn’t help but read more into it.
Tang Jiao didn’t seem to be aware of her own words. Instead, she seriously told Tang Zhiyong, “The newly opened department store on Xiafei Road. If you can, father, you better go and have a look. If cousin has really deliberately left us both, then Ah Heng should still be there…” Soon after, Tang Jiao sneezed twice, before her tender and trembling body fell down. She hooked on Tang Zhiyong’s arm as she smiled, “Don’t forget, father.” It seemed like she wanted to explain further, but before adding more, she finally passed out.
The author has something to say:
Dear fairies, can you guess whether our fairy Youyou has really fainted?